Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, the 72nd annual Brazil Kiwanis K-Day celebration will be "Honoring the Kids of the Clay Community."
Chartered in 1936, the members of the Brazil Kiwanis Club has dedicated themselves to the national mission of the organization to change the world one child and one community at a time.
"The Kiwanis motto is 'We Build,' and the theme is 'Young Children, Priority One,'" Parade Co-Chairman and Clay County Veterans' Officer Les Walden recently told The Brazil Times. "Through membership with the Kiwanis, individuals can give their time and talent to support and mentor the youth of Clay County."
Local groups like the Clay County YMCA, Boys/Girls Scouts, Clothe-A-Child, Toys-for-Tots, 4-H and Special Olympics are among those supported by the proceeds raised during K-Day activities, which Walden said is the only fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, festivities start when members of the Northview Key Club and North Clay Builders Club will tally the advance ticket sales and announce the K-Day Queen and K-Day Princess during a Coronation Ceremony in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Walnut St.
On Saturday, from 6 a.m.-noon, the K-Day Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will take place at the Forest Park Pavilion.
"K-Day events are a big part of our community and attending is a tradition for many Clay County residents," Parade Co-Chairman and Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said about people attending the breakfast. "People look forward to going and meeting their friends there."
Brown said advance meal tickets are available for sale from Kiwanis members and students from Northview High School Key Club, North Clay Middle School Builders Club. Advance ticket prices are $5 (adults) and $3 (children 12 and under), with tickets available the morning of the event for $6 and $4.
After a good meal, the people who are "young-at-heart parade lovers" and "die-hard candy-grabbers" can line up along both sides of National Avenue to enjoy the 72nd annual K-Day Parade at 2 p.m.
At 1 p.m., individual parade entries need to line up in the marked off area near the intersection of United States 40 and Depot St. in preparation for the parade.
To enter a float into the parade, contact Walden at the Veteran's Office at 448-9015 or visit The Brazil Times' office during normal business hours.
Just the facts
The Brazil Kiwanis Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at The Coffee Cup. For more information about joining Kiwanis, contact Les Walden at 448-9015.